So easy even a caveman can do it!

cavemanAll of the auto insurance company’s commercials boast that they will now give you the competing company’s rates as well as their own, even if theirs isn’t the lowest. How very nice of them! This is a novel plan in a very competition driven culture of doing business. Make no mistake though; they have a product or service to sell.

 

The world’s economy has the following philosophies:

  • I must try to be the person (or company) that someone looks to exclusively for <insert service or product>.
  • I must not allow others to learn too much from me, because I will make myself (or company) obsolete, not needed, or desired as much.
  • I must not give away freely <insert service or product> that I could benefit or profit from.
  • If I am the “only game in town” that will raise the demand for my supply, thus raising the price and/or profit for me.

How the world does business has greatly influenced our mindset unfortunately when it comes to serving, ministry, and leadership. If I protect what I have and do not share it so that others may do what I do; I increase my worth to those around me. Ultimately we don’t give freely, graciously, and extravagantly to others because we don’t want them to pass us up!

God’s economy is completely different. God so loved the world that He freely gave His son; John the Baptist pointed to Jesus instead of receiving the attention (or profit) for himself; Elijah gave a double portion of his anointing to Elisha. Jesus sent out his twelve disciples/apostles/leaders with the following instructions:

“Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:5-8)

If we only want to make our name (or service that we offer) great, then we should keep our flawed business world’s economy. If we want to make Jesus Christ’s name great and multiply ourselves and what we do for our church and God’s kingdom then we should freely give and impart what we have to others. We must duplicate ourselves to be a true success. Make yourself expendable!